Link between Fibromyalgia and Asthma?

Bekah Community Member January 22, 2009
  • Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on this. I have been wondering about this for awhile and have found the same question to be on the mind of a fellow chronic pain friend. I know that I have read somewhere, although cannot find it in the books I own, about a link between Fibromyalgia and childhood asthma. Both myself and my friend have had asthma since childhood and now are both chronic pain patients. Any thoughts?

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  • Tonna
    Jan. 17, 2012

    I also have asthma and feel confident that I have fibro and have had both since childhood.  I wonder too if these two are connected and have wondered also if the medication that was used to treat the asthma (tetricycline) or a build up of antibiotics in the system may have caused damage to the nervous system which in turn may bring on the fibro. ...

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    I also have asthma and feel confident that I have fibro and have had both since childhood.  I wonder too if these two are connected and have wondered also if the medication that was used to treat the asthma (tetricycline) or a build up of antibiotics in the system may have caused damage to the nervous system which in turn may bring on the fibro.  For the comment earlier about having had asthma for two years, from what I've read you have it or you don't.  It may be in remission for periods of time but if you ever have it, then you've always had it.  I haven't been diagnosed yet, but I feel certain that this is what is going on with me and could not be explained as a child.  I hope there is some real research going on for this disorder to find out what may cause it and if it can be prevented or reversed.

     

     

     

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      Kat
      Mar. 18, 2012

      I have severe, chronic asthma, and have had it since childhood.  I have fibro too; diagnosed by my doctor several years ago.  I do find a connection; it seems when one is bad, so is the other.   I just tried to do 10 minutes of yard work, had an asthma attack, and am in pain.  Migraine, too.  I think they must be related. ...

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      I have severe, chronic asthma, and have had it since childhood.  I have fibro too; diagnosed by my doctor several years ago.  I do find a connection; it seems when one is bad, so is the other.   I just tried to do 10 minutes of yard work, had an asthma attack, and am in pain.  Migraine, too.  I think they must be related.  I'd love to read the article, if you can find it.

      Maybe it's because asthma and fibro are antinflammatory related?  When I'm on prednisone for my asthma, the pain of fibro and migraines both go away, and the rash on my face clears up.

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      Laura Kennedy
      Nov. 30, 2012
      Thank thank thank you all and thoughts of strength and tranquility!!! I have been battling with chronic asthma for the last year, always had exercise induced asthma on cold days but never really had a problem with it till last year, had to be on high doses of prednisone for a month and a half ( please do research on prednisone, it is nasty stuff short and long...
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      Thank thank thank you all and thoughts of strength and tranquility!!! I have been battling with chronic asthma for the last year, always had exercise induced asthma on cold days but never really had a problem with it till last year, had to be on high doses of prednisone for a month and a half ( please do research on prednisone, it is nasty stuff short and long term). I was diagnosed with fm about 11 years ago. Never knew there might be a connection, just was despairing that my body at 36 was becoming a host of problems (also have migraines and eczema). I noticed that I am sensitive to lots of chemicals and foods. My husband and I got rid of the carpets in our home and bought an allergy trapping vacumn. I started eating a mostly raw vegan diet (80-10-10 by dr.graham) looking into everything so I could breathe, sleep, happy, and be as active and socially able as I my soul would truly like to be but my body is not letting happen. The diet changes are helping, I was using my rescue inhaler about 2-3x a day and now it's usually at night every other night or so. When I go off the diet (which is also recommended for ibs and herd and crohns) I start having problems with breathing, energy levels and mood. Thanks for having this board up and thanks for giving me he that they are linked, it's a lot more hopeful for me to think that they are part of the same dis-ease.
  • J Baskin
    Nov. 16, 2010

    I have both fibro and asthma.  I have had asthma since childhood and finally got my fibro diagnosis 3 years ago.

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    Daniella
    Jul. 27, 2009

    Ive had asthma for about 2 years and i have fibro. I had fibro before i had asthma though. Undecided

  • Marlene Sylvester
    Jan. 23, 2009

    Thought I would confirm that you have read that and it would be just recently that I saw an article on the relationship of asthma & fibro. I can not be sure though what site or what paper/magizine I did see that in.

     

    You have me thinking now so not at this present time but friday afternoon I will try hunting that up.

     

    Marlene

     

     

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    RHMLucky777

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    Thought I would confirm that you have read that and it would be just recently that I saw an article on the relationship of asthma & fibro. I can not be sure though what site or what paper/magizine I did see that in.

     

    You have me thinking now so not at this present time but friday afternoon I will try hunting that up.

     

    Marlene

     

     

     

     

     

    • Karen Lee Richards
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      Jan. 23, 2009

      If you can find that article, I'd really be interested in reading it.  I've never heard of a direct link between fibromyalgia and asthma, although the two can certainly occur together.  It's not unusual for people with FM to have allergies, which can be connected to asthma.  I've always suspected an indirect link because of the hypersensitivity...

      RHMLucky777

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      If you can find that article, I'd really be interested in reading it.  I've never heard of a direct link between fibromyalgia and asthma, although the two can certainly occur together.  It's not unusual for people with FM to have allergies, which can be connected to asthma.  I've always suspected an indirect link because of the hypersensitivity that exists with both, but I have no scientific proof of that.

       

      There's also evidence of a magnesium deficiency in both, but the same can be said of several other illnesses as well, so I'm not sure how significant that is.